Support Group Info

General Information
Location: All meetings take place in the Allen-Riddle Living Room on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Campus or in the Shipley Auditorium located on the second floor of the Main Hospital. Unless otherwise specified.**
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Directions to Hospital 

Directions to Allen-Riddle Building: Turn off of Route 16 at the traffic light leading into the hospital campus.  Drive up the driveway with the parking garage on your right. Allen-Riddle is on your left at the top of the hill. 

Directions to Shipley Auditorium: Turn off of Route 16 at the West Entrance to the Main Hospital.  Drive up the driveway with the parking lot on your left. Take the West Elevators or South Elevators off of the Main Lobby of the hospital to the second floor and follow the signs to the Cafeteria. Shipley Auditorium is located on the left directly past the cafeteria.

Parking: All support group attendees may park in the visitor lot located at the front of the hospital or the garage at the entrance by the traffic light. Parking located close to the Allen Riddle building should be reserved for handicapped persons and severely physically impaired.

Handicapped Parking:
Those patients who are handicapped, or have severely impaired mobility, may park:

  • Handicapped spots across from Allen Riddle building (with tag or plate clearly visible)
  • In the small number of parking spaces located in the rear of the Allen Riddle building
  • Handicapped spots in front of the Vernon Cancer center if attending a meeting in the Shipley Auditorium.
Please do not park in the Emergency Department garage. 


Due to the limited number of handicapped parking located close to the building, we would encourage those persons whenever possible, to bring someone with them to the meeting who may be able to assist - or drop off that individual in front of the Allen-Riddle Building - in the event that this area is full. The handicap entrance is in the front of the building near the courtyard.

Attendance Requirements
Pre-operative Patients: Prior to scheduling surgery, we require our patients to attend three support group meetings:
  1. The New Patient Instructional (done before your first appointment)
  2. One community support meeting (held twice a month, on the first Thursday or the third Tuesday. You can attend both or choose one)
  3. One 0-6 month group (held the second Thursday of every month, schedule may change if holiday occurs)

This is the minimum number of meetings you need to attend. You can come to more meetings which will provide you with the most information and education available in preparation for your surgery. 

Attendance is taken to track compliance. It is your responsibility to make sure your attendance is noted by one of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Center for Weight Loss Surgery staff members.  If you arrive very late, or leave very early, you will be expected to come to an additional meeting. Always sign the attendance sheet as well.

Types of Meetings

New Patient Instructional Meetings:  
These meetings are designed for pre-consultation patients. The surgeons take turns presenting this program and focus on how weight loss surgery is beneficial for treating the disease of obesity and other associated diseases, why and how it works, complications, results, etc. 

  • Meeting time: This group meets the second Tuesday and last Thursday of each month except where noted on the schedule below.  
  • You should know in advance that we do not perform Laparoscopic Gastric Band (lap band) surgery  

 Community Support Group Meetings:

  • This is open to all Center for Weight Loss Surgery pre- and post-surgical patients. The group addresses all aspects of life after weight loss surgery and includes guest speakers, workshops and patient interviews. A nurse and nutritionist lead the meetings on the first Thursday and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and our coordinator facilitate the meeting on the third Tuesday. 
  • Attendance is required at least once before surgery and regular attendance before and after surgery is strongly recommended. 
  • Meeting time: This group meets the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month.

0-6 Month Group:

  • Open to patients who are thinking about surgery, in the process, or who have had surgery within the last six months. 
  • This group is led by a fellow gastric bypass patient who is able to provide unique insight into the challenges (diet, body image, food issues, support, etc.) of this post-operative stage.
  • Attendance is required at least once before surgery.
  • Meeting time: This group meets the second Thursday and fourth Monday of each month except where noted on the schedule below. 

 Living with Weight Loss Surgery:

  • Open to patients 1 year after surgery who are struggling with maintaining healthy behaviors or gaining weight.
  • This group is led by Denise Nietzel, RN, BSN, CBN Program Coordinator.
  • Meeting time: This group meets the third Monday of each month except where noted on the schedule below. 

Staff Request: Please limit your questions and discussions with staff persons in the time allocated for the assigned support group. Specific and/or personal questions or concerns should be addressed with staff during normal business hours.

 

SEPTEMBER
9/1/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle Patient Speaker: A Not So Easy Path to Success

9/8/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
0-6 Month Group Allen-Riddle

9/13/16: 6:00 pm Tuesday
New Patient Instructional Meeting Shipley Auditorium
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeo
n

9/18/16: 5:30 pm Sunday Cape and Islands Support Group Meeting     Spaulding Rehab Hospital 311 Service Road East Sandwich, MA 508-833-4000 1st Floor Conference Room

9/19/16: 6:00 pm Monday
Living with Weight Loss Surgery Group (ONLY for patient’s >1yr out from surgery) Shipley Auditorium    Bariatric Surgery 11 years later, What have I learned during this journey

9/20/16: 6:30 pm Tuesday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

9/26/16: 6:00 pm Monday

0-6 Month Group Shipley Auditorium

9/29/16: 6:00 pm Thursday
New Patient Instructional Meeting *Allen-Riddle Building*
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeon


OCTOBER
10/6/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

10/11/16: 6:00 pm Tuesday
New Patient Instructional Meeting Shipley Auditorium
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeon


10/13/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
0-6 Month Group Allen-Riddle

10/16/16: 5:30 pm Sunday Cape and Islands Support Group Meeting     Spaulding Rehab Hospital 311 Service Road East Sandwich, MA 508-833-4000 1st Floor Conference Room

10/17/16: 6:00 pm Monday
Living with Weight Loss Surgery Group (ONLY for patient’s >1yr out from surgery) Shipley Auditorium

10/18/16 6:30 pm Tuesday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

10/24/16 6:00 pm Monday
0-6 Month Group Shipley Auditorium

10/27/16 6:00 pm Thursday

New Patient Instructional Meeting Shipley Auditorium
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeon


NOVEMBER
11/3/16 6:30 pm Thursday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

11/8/16: No meeting tonight

11/10/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
0-6 Month Group Allen-Riddle

11/13/16: 5:30 pm Sunday Cape and Islands Support Group Meeting     Spaulding Rehab Hospital 311 Service Road East Sandwich, MA 508-833-4000 1st Floor Conference Room

11/15/16: 6:30 pm Tuesday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

11/21/16: 6:00 pm Monday
Living with Weight Loss Surgery Group (ONLY for patient’s >1yr out from surgery) Shipley Auditorium

*11/17/16: 6:00 pm Thursday
New Patient Instructional Meeting Shipley Auditorium
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeon


11/28/16: No meeting tonight


DECEMBER
12/1/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

12/8/16: 6:30 pm Thursday
0-6 Month Group Allen-Riddle 1

12/3/16: No meeting tonight

12/11/16: 5:30 pm Sunday Cape and Islands Support Group Meeting     Spaulding Rehab Hospital 311 Service Road East Sandwich, MA 508-833-4000 1st Floor Conference Room

12/19/16: 6:00pm Monday
Living with Weight Loss Surgery Group (ONLY for patient’s >1yr out from surgery) Shipley Auditorium

12/20/16: 6:30pm Tuesday
Community Support Group Allen-Riddle

*12/22/16: 6:00pm Thursday
New Patient Instructional Meeting Shipley Auditorium
Moderator: NWH Bariatric Surgeon


12/26/16: 6:00pm Monday
0-6 Month Group Shipley Auditorium

*Modification of date, please note. Topics will be listed here. Please check for regular updates.

 


 

 

 

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